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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2010

     

    1989


     

    Enrolment

     

    48

     

    375


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 8

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, Reggio Emilia

     

    Montessori


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    15 to 24


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    Dedicated gifted school


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.
     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $14,300 to $17,500

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    7%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    Preschool to 8


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $1,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    29


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

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    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Amanda Dervaitis, one of the founders of Summit Micro School, is a champion of the micro school, and she created the school in light of the benefits a small school can offer. The program is, in a sense, the reinvention of the one-room schoolhouse with mixed age classrooms and very close student-teacher relationships. Likewise, the programming is very responsive to the needs of the students, and adaptable to a wider range of resources, including those within the neighbouring community—while the student body may be small, the classroom extends well beyond the walls of the school, including regular interaction with local businesses and services. It’s perhaps not a typical model, though for many families, it’s rightly a very attractive one. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a flexible, vibrant learning environment.

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    AMS is a Montessori school, though in many ways it exceeds the expectations that parents might have of what a Montessori education offers. The programs are hands-on, community based, though the academic environment is large, both in terms of physical space and student population. As such the extra-curricular programs are robust, including sports as well as a fully development music program that includes group and individual instruction. Those things, in themselves, are a draw for many families. The grounds are extensive, with a porous interface between interior and outdoor learning spaces. The amphitheater is impressive, and likewise is a symbol of the school’s dedication to outdoor and environmental education. In all of that, the school’s name can risk being misleading. AMS isn’t your average Montessori school. It offers broad curricular and extracurricular programs, strong academics, and an overt attention to emotional and social development through the elementary grades. 

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    • Entrepreneurial Thinking
    • Futures Thinking
    • Experiential/Field Learning
    • Outdoor Education
    • Regular guest educators and experts
    • 'Lab School'. In collaboration with educational researchers, developing cutting edge practices

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Montessori excellence since 1989
    • Montessori and Early Childhood educated teaching staff
    • Now offering an 11 month school program from September through July
    • Half/full day program; Before and After-school supervision; Extracurricular programs
    • Specialty classes in Music, Art, French, Gym, Computer and Drama
    • Individual/group tutoring; Private music lessons; Low student to teacher ratio
    • Multicultural, Non denominational and Inclusive
    • March Break and Summer camps
    • Dedicated after school athletics program for sports skills development
    • Building expansion featuring state of the art Music, Visual Arts and Gross Motor/Fitness Rooms

    Description

    Description

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Modern learners deserve a nimble, responsive education. Our Reggio Emilia, Inquiry and Project-Based learning frames a relevant and engaging program that fosters critical and innovative thinking and builds sophisticated communication and collaboration skills. Advanced STEM and Computer Science reflect our priority to develop key technical skills and responsible digital citizens. Focusing on community and connection allows students to thrive, build 21st century competencies and become confident lifelong learners.

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School, one of the premier Montessori schools in York Region, offers authentic Montessori, from preschool through Gr 8. AMS develops the whole child—academically, socially, emotionally, physically, creatively—on a 14-acre property with instructional facilities, sports fields, and a wealth of green space. Friendly, enthusiastic, nurturing staff instill a love for learning, with specialty staff in ITC, visual arts, music, and French. Visit to see why AMS is your family's ideal choice in education.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Message

    information not available

    I can recollect the countless opportunities when I have been asked about “the Montessori Method” and what puts our educational merits apart from any other. It’s a dangerous thing to ask such open-ended questions with a subject so close to my heart. It allows me to speak at length about the wonders and beauties of the Montessori philosophy that I have loved all my life.

    All genial classrooms share at least five characteristics that guide their instruction regardless of the content or grade level. These characteristics are freedom of choice, open-ended exploration, freedom from judgement, honouring every student’s experience and belief in every student’s genius.

    At AMS, our bright “genial” classrooms, our prepared environments, our beautifully organized and displayed Montessori materials are combined with highly skilled teaching teams that lovingly nurture and guide our students to be geniuses in their own right. Genius is not solely measured by the IQ (a high score on an intelligence test, the virtuosity of an attained skill or the expertise of specific theories or practices), but also through curiosity, playfulness, imagination, wisdom, inventiveness, vitality, respectfulness, flexibility and joy, just to name a few.

    We inspire genius and lifelong learners by endeavouring always to keep burning within them that light which is called intelligence, never to be extinguished. There are no limitations in the quality and quantity of knowledge in all aspects that each of our children can learn. Our geniuses thrive in every, and any, way imaginable.

    What you see here is only a snippet of AMS. We encourage you to continue to peruse our website and contact the school, regardless of your interest in enrolment. We will answer any questions you may have about our school or the Montessori Method. If you’d like a guided tour of our facilities and classrooms please call and arrange an appointment. We would be delighted to provide you with a glimpse into the dynamic, safe, and loving environment that is Aurora Montessori School.

    We look forward to meeting your family and working together to awaken your child’s genius to its fullest potential.

     

    With warmest regards,

    Kane Burg

    Principal

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Aurora Montessori School

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs are offered by some schools at the preschool and elementary level. The approach aims to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of projects (as opposed to activities or lessons): teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. They can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. The philosophy calls for a high degree of parent involvement as well, particularly when forming curricula and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Summit Micro School prepares a diverse community of learners for success in the 21st Century. Project Based Learning provides experiential and collaborative learning opportunities with an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving and social skill development. An integrated curriculum is offered through exciting and relevant thematic units. Engaging and meaningful projects inspire and foster self-driven, lifelong learning. Our STEM curriculum focuses on technology, computational thinking, coding, 3D printing and robotics to give students an advantage in our technological world. Students develop innovative thinking and creative problem solving skills while getting hands-on in our Maker Space. Authentic and unique field trips and guest educators enhance our lessons and offer rich learning experiences. Character Education is at the core of the curriculum, while formal Service Learning projects instills social responsibility and citizenship. Language and math program are mastery-based to ensure a strong foundation of fundamental skills. Skill development is highly focused on what's needed for success in the 21st century - communication, collaboration, critical thinking, innovation and creativity, and technology.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Students are expected to work to the best of their ability so that they may develop to their highest academic and personal potential. Primarily, Montessori and secondarily, Reggio instructional methods will be used to encourage student learning. Decisions regarding methods will be based upon the needs of the students and the recognition that good teaching should build strong personal values and positive attitudes, both towards content and learning. High achievement is the goal for all students in all areas of development. Teachers and parents are expected to work together to help students meet the expectations.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Aurora Montessori School

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        We use individualized JUMP Math programs to help students achieve higher standards in mathematics; students work at their level and pace to reach their highest potential. Even the most apprehensive math students learn to love math and gain confidence in their math abilities. Learn more at www.jumpmath.org. Math is also integrated into interdisciplinary STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Through real-life challenges, students must think critically to discover how to apply mathematical concepts and methods to solve problems.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Early Reading

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Aurora Montessori School

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Balanced Literacy

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Aurora Montessori School

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Aurora Montessori School

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Evolution as consensus theory
        Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
        Evolution is not taught


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Aurora Montessori School

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Summit Micro School

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Aurora Montessori School

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

        Information not available

        AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Aurora Montessori School

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Our child-driven, inquiry-based program incorporates both play-based learning and academic development (literacy, phonics, math, and fine-motor skills). Science and the Arts are taught through thematic units and regular field-trips, giving students an opportunity to learn in an enriched environment. Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance celebrate the innate imagination of children and foster the growth of the creative mind. Physical education and healthy, active living round out our program.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at Preschool and Kindergarten aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very busy, calm and orderly; children either work alone or in small groups.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Aurora Montessori School

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Student-paced


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Skill building focus - set goals that allow them to master foundational skills and develop a deep understanding of the curriculum concepts

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Multi-aged environments allow for classroom communities to build leadership skills, competencies and attain successes through discovery and making attempts without the judgement of failures.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Aurora Montessori School

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Summit students strive for personal excellence through self-reflection and goal-setting. Academic rigour is embedded in our Project-Based curriculum; students’ project work is purposeful, reaching authentic audiences beyond the teacher, often in our Toronto community. Students are accountable to members of their group and the "audience", raising the bar for the quality of their work and academic contributions. Students can make mistakes in our supportive environment, building their resiliency when faced with challenges. Instead of content knowledge, focus is placed on the development of 21st century skills: critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and innovation, character, global citizenship and computer and technology.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Students are expected to work to the best of their ability so that they may develop to their highest academic and personal potential. Montessori instructional methods will be used to encourage student learning. The needs of the students and the recognition that good teaching should build strong personal values and positive attitudes, both towards content and learning. High achievement is the goal for all students in all areas of development. Teachers and parents are expected to work together to help students meet the expectations of the grade level including continued internal and external supports when necessary.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      "We intentionally avoid all forms of public distinction between students in terms of academic performance."

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Summit Micro School

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Aurora Montessori School

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

      We focus on the development of the whole child. We believe that each of the child's needs must be considered and that these needs may change regularly; we must be responsive to this so that the highest learning potential can be achieved. We believe self-awareness is critical for students to understand their needs so they can self-advocate, find assistance, and drive their own learning, further adding to their resiliency. Individual academic programs, regular collaboration, daily Physical Education, mindfulness practices and individual student support are but a few approaches to addressing the various developmental needs of our students.

      AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      AMS supports the Montessori philosophy of educating the whole child. This includes opportunities to guide students in their educational journey in all aspects of life such as the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development in practical and abstract ways through all the Montessori curriculum while attaining the highest standards possible.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Summit Micro School

    Aurora Montessori School

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Project Based Learning and our individual programs allow for teachers to naturally differentiate for a broad range of abilities in the classroom.

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Project Based Learning (including STEM) is a framework that supports a broad range of learners, especially those who are "out-side-of-the-box" thinkers with big ideas and the ability to conceptualize abstract and complex concepts, but may struggle to demonstrate these strengths within a traditional curriculum and program. Students work collaboratively in small groups with direct support from teachers. Individualized math and language programs also allow for enrichment, support and remediation when necessary to enable students to move forward without gaps. While we are able to support a diverse population, we do not have dedicated resources and programs for more complex diagnoses.

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Summit Micro School

    Aurora Montessori School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Summit Micro School

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Aurora Montessori School

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    • Maker Club! SMS now hosts a Maker Club after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students from SMS and other schools code, 3D print, craft and many other innovative activities.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    70%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 8

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    At Summit we welcome a broad range of interests and abilities. Those who struggle to work cooperatively with their peers will find our collaborative approach challenging. Students who are most successful with us are curious, creative, engaged, self-motivated, respectful and have a positive attitude towards learning.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    SUMMIT MICRO SCHOOL

    Enrollment into Summit Micro School is open year round. Our admissions process is as follows: submit an Inquiry Form found on our website:  www.highparkdayschool.com.  A member of our admissions team will contact you directly to set up a private information session. An application package will be available at the information session.  

    *Summit Micro School is a small school. Although we are well equipped to support diverse learning needs, we do not have the resources to accommodate extreme exceptionalities.

    AURORA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    1) Book a tour.

    2) Interview with Linda Jazzar

    3) Day visit in an AMS classroom with potential grade level teacher.

    4) Teacher, Registrar and VP determine suitability of applicant.




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